28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  8​h
1
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  8​h 45​min
6
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
Te Anau
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
9
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Paihia

The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get interesting insight from Tours, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, and identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paihia trip itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Sydney to Paihia, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Rainbow Falls
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Auckland

Auckland ©
The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, explore the activities along Devonport, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Auckland online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. November in Auckland sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Nature
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Devonport ©
Devonport

4
nights
Rotorua

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, & more). Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take a memorable tour with Tours, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Okareka Walkway.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rotorua trip maker app .

Getting from Auckland to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Auckland in November, plan for little chillier nights in Rotorua, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 29:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

3
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Whakapapa is known for winter sports, nature, trails, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, explore the landscape on two wheels at Ohakune Old Coach Road, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Taranaki Falls.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Whakapapa visit planner .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Whakapapa takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 2:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

2
nights
Waitomo Caves

Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
On the 3rd (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then Head underground at Caveworld.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Waitomo Caves takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Parks
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

2
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Fox Glacier is known for nature, trails, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier, contemplate the long history of River Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach, and trek along Moraine Walk.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Fox Glacier trip maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Waitomo Caves to Fox Glacier in 9 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Mt. Cook Village is known for childrens museums, wildlife, outdoors, trails, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Hooker Valley Track, fly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman, stroll through Red Tarns Track, and contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mt. Cook Village trip site .

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track

4
nights
Te Anau

Te Anau ©
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford to see Milford Foreshore Walk about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, hike along The Chasm Walk, identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park, and take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

4
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Coronet Peak, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown tour itinerary maker site .

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

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